Workplace Democracy

GEO is happy to announce that we will once again be offering our Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives one-day mini-conference in conjunction with the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.  This presession will be held on Friday, June 9th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The day will be broken into two sessions.  Cost are $55 for one of the sessions, or $90 for the full day (lunch is included for

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I am sending a link to a TED talk. Unusal for me. This one is really unusual. If you watch the first two minutes or so, you will probably have to watch the whole thing.

It's about the core of democracy and our cooperative/solidarity movements far more than any scaling up efforts could possibly be. Everything we do needs to burn gently and fiercely with this, and that includes changing ourselves.

 

Equal Care Co-op co-founder Emma Back talks with Leo Sammallahti and Josh Davis about the process of forming the UK's first multi-stakeholder social care platform co-op.

Support he Equal Care Co-op crowdfunder campaign here.

 

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Longtime cooperative accountant Bruce Mayer reviews the basics of worker co-op taxation, and then goes into the ways that the new tax law might change how worker co-ops make financial decisions and operate their co-ops.

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cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

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Professor Wolff interviews Troy Walcott, a Spectrum Cable technician on strike in New York City. Walcott details the grievances of workers and customers and makes the case that a multi-stakeholder cooperative would provide better service and better jobs, without the profit-driven middlemen. 

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cross-posted from The Socialist Entrepreneur

This is a first in what I hope will be a series of practical articles about the nut and bolts of setting up a worker cooperative. In this first article, I’m going to take a look at an important but poorly-understood subject: minimum profit plow-back rules.

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In this episode, Cadwell Turnbull talks with Tim Huet, a co-founder of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, about the association's founding and how cooperative work has affected his life and relationships. They discuss the large role cooperatives have played in the love story between Tim and his wife, Kirsten Marshall, and how cooperatives can inspire people to hope for a better society.

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This report examines the challenges and opportunities of worker cooperatives in the Chicagoland region. The paper discusses the need for worker cooperative development in Chicago, the current barriers cooperatives face to operating, and potential suggestions for local policy aimed at creating policies which would enable worker cooperatives to thrive.

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GEO is happy to announce that the Cooperative Educators Network website is up and running! We’ve been working on this for quite awhile now and we thought it would be nice to share some of the project history and vision with our readers.

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[Editor's note: The participants in this conversation are all users of Social.Coop, a cooperatively managed social network. To join Social.Coop, click here. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties during the recording session we lost a few minutes of Michaela's talk as well as a question from Emi. Our content manager promises to do better next time.

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This article was first published in the Spring 2018 issue of STIR Magazine and is republished here with permission.

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In Brussels I interviewed Antoine Struelens, co-founder of the worker cooperative Molenbike. Molenbike has the ambitions to start a platform coop and build an alternative to the commercial local food delivery platforms.

 

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Left Forum panel - June 2, 2018, New York City.

Since 2007, the Workers' Economy Network has brought together some 800 recuperated and self-managed enterprises, cooperatives, social economy organizations, trade unions, and researchers committed to self-management practices and to a new workers' economy.

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[Author's note: Odd Jobs Cooperative (OJC) will be a monthly series that will hopefully develop into a shared world narrative. Other contributors that would like to write within the world about other cooperatives or collaborate on OJC chapters are welcome. If interested, please contact GEO for more details.]

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Upstream podcast talks with Mondragon worker-owners and Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
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Richard Rice interviews Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, PhD and Ed Whitfield on Cooperatives, Community Development and Social Justice.

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